Notes: Aceves, Reyes take care of visa issues

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Notes: Aceves, Reyes take care of visa issues

By SeanMcAdam
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Pitchers Alfredo Aceves and Dennys Reyes took care of their visa issues at the Mexican consulate in Hermasillo Wednesday and are expected back in camp Friday.

"Everything went well,'' said Francona. "It went like we hoped it would and they'll be on the field (Friday).''

Aceves had been in camp and had thrown two side sessions before departing. Reyes had been delayed in arriving and has yet to be in camp.

"We haven't seen him,'' said Francona. "Hopefully, he's been throwing a lot. Not being in camp is certainly not an advantage. We'll have to gauge where he is and how quickly he can get into it. We'll have a little better feel as we see him throwing the next couple of days.''

The Sox will pack up their belongings at the Player Development Complex Friday afternoon and shift operations for the start of the final season at City of Palms Parks, where they play exhibition games, starting Saturday.

Two pitchers dealing with arm issues will be left behind when the team departs: Junichi Tazawa, who underwent Tommy John surgery last spring and had his first full bullpen session earlier in the week and Brandon Duckworth, whose right shoulder revealed some weakness during testing earlier in camp.

Both will continue on prescribed throwing programs.

After a day off from swinging Wednesday, Adrian Gonzalez hit off a tee Thursday, taking 36 swings. He'll repeat the same workload Friday.

"He's building up volume as he goes,'' Francona said. "He tolerated everything real well.''

Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was excused from camp with a bug which has
been going through the clubhouse. He's expected to return Friday...Francona
will be absent from camp Friday after the passing of his grandmother. Bench
coach DeMarlo Hale will run camp Friday morning, which will be cut short
to accommodate a scheduled charity golf tournament Friday afternoon.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.